The Weblog is the Messenger

1st Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hubertus von Amelunxen (ISNM)

2nd Supervisor: Holger Hank (Deutsche Welle Online, Bonn, Germany)

The weblog format is an added channel of communication in the production of news. This channel is characterized by Web specific content that applies the strength of the medium. The thesis explains how weblogs are re-defining text-based digital news in terms of content, links, and readability. For this purpose, the main offensive of the second Iraqi War from March 19 until April 9, 2003 was chosen. The recorded data is represented by one commercial online news sites based in broadcasting, two based in the Web, two weblogs in news organizations, and four independent webloggers.